Thursday, November 11, 2010

2010 Mission Team

Dr. Bruce Lehnert 
Dr. Jeff Spanko
Dr. Meir Nyska
Dr. Jonah Mullens
 
Jenni Lehnert R.N.
Tina Ratto R.N.

Teresa Pineda R.N.
 
Amy Levin, MA CCC-SLP 
Stacy L. Lerner, PT, PCS
 
Dr. Diane Koshimune
Dr. Jane Nguyen
 
Henry Duvalsaint, Liasion
Bob Heimer, Administrator & Photographer
Flecher Fleudujon, Videographer
Kim Austin, Writer & Web Marketing

Dr. Bruce Lehnert, DPM -- Co-Founder, Medical Director
Dr. Lehnert is a foot and ankle surgeon with Sports, Orthopedic, and Rehabilitation Medicine Associates. He has been in practice for more than 15 years since his residency and fellowship training in foot and ankle surgery. Dr. Lehnert has published many scientific articles and has teaching appointments at the California College of Podiatric Medicine and Temple University. He has organized and participated in seven medical missions to Vietnam.

Dr. Jeffrey Spanko, DPM -- Co-Founder
Dr. Spanko was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City.  He graduated the University of Buffalo in 1976 and received his Doctor of Podiatric medicine in San Francisco in 1981. Since completing his residency in 1983, he has practiced Podiatric medicine and surgery in San Jose, California. Dr. Spanko is presently Chief of Podiatry at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC). He spent his first 12 years in private practice, during which time he was a clinical instructor at the Stanford University School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto.
    In 1985, Dr. Spanko became the chief of Podiatry at SCVMC and Santa Clara Health and Hospital system, the public health hospital for Santa Clara County. Dr. Spanko's interest in public health lead him to be one of the cofounders of Mission Peace, his initial non-profit group, for which helped to organize and then participate as a team surgeon on Mission Peace's first five medical missions to Vietnam's Mekong delta town of Can Tho.
    Dr. Spanko has spent the past three years working toward the reorganization of the group as the International Extemity Project. We are now associated with the International Childrens Assistance Network (ICAN), a local San Francisco Bay Area non-profit organization. Our groups have formed a natural mutual affilliation through our mssions of public service, public health, and charity support for Vietnamese Americans and the people of Vietnam.

Tina Ratto, MSN -- Treasurer
Tina Ratto (San Francisco) is a native Californian, born in Tracy. She attended University of San Francisco, where she received my BSN in nursing. She received her MSN in Health Policy at UC San Francisco. She has been an obstetrical nurse for 34 years, working as a bedside nurse, transport nurse, manager of an obstetrical unit, and operating room nurse. She is currently a perinatal palliative care advanced practice nurse.

Support Team 
Kim Austin -- Web 
Kim enjoys the opportunity to use her keyboard to help the International Extremity Project with the website, Facebook page, and other such online things. By day she is a marketing strategist for Cisco Systems. She will be joining the team in Vietnam for the first time this year.

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